As we close out the year and prepare for 2020, here is a brief look back at some of MCCS events, programs and happenings that occurred aboard the air station from MCCS Cherry Point Programs and Services.
Much of the area was still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Many of MCCS’ programs and staff were impacted by the storm and were operating out of temporary locations. Building 232, home to most of Marine & Family Programs offices, was undergoing repairs for the majority of the year but finally reopened in September. Two Rivers Theater and Event Center was also heavily damaged. Repairs were completed December 5th, just in time for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The theater hosted several holiday events that included live performances, free movies and a Christmas concert presented by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.
Miller’s Landing hosted multiple special events throughout the year. These events included PMEs, military functions and special occasions. The Daddy Daughter Dance occurred in March followed by Breakfast with the Bunny and the Easter Eggstravaganza in April. The Annual Mother’s Day Brunch and Mother Son Dance were held in May. The Back to School Breakfast included free school supplies and a delicious Breakfast Buffet. Finally Breakfast with Santa in December. Miller’s Landing is a great venue for weddings, receptions, conferences and other occasions including regular Welcome Aboard Briefs for Service Members and their families that are new to the area.
Semper Fit Events hosted the Annual St. Paddy Virtual run that ended on March 17. Next, the Sprint/Tri, a fast, flat race, was held in August followed by the spirited All Terrain Unit Competition in October. Behavioral Health hosted the 6th Annual SAPR 5k, which included 1000 participants in April. The outdoors pools opened from Memorial Day through Labor Day and included Camp Wacky Splash, multiple opportunities for Lifeguard Certification, CPR classes, Swim Lessons, and a Summer full of outdoor fun.
Other outdoor MCCS events included the Sergeant Major’s and Commander’s Cup Golf Tournaments, Take a Kid Fishing, Youth Sports Program, Intramural all Marine Sports and the 6th Annual Rocktoberfest, a celebration of food, live music and Fall themed games. We ended October with a very well attended Trunk or Treat.
The library, a favorite hangout, hosted Weekly Storytime, a unique opportunity for families to network and enjoy the gift of reading. National Library Week occurred in April followed by The Summer Reading Program. This program is designed to encourage kids of all ages to read and keep a reading diary. Holiday events include the popular Family Pumpkin Carving and Christmas Ornament making and Cookies with Santa. The Library Café, located inside the library, serves fresh brewed Starbucks® Coffee and breakfast pastries and other treats.
All Marine Corps Community Services and Programs are designed with you, our Service Members, their Families and Retirees in mind. Our sole Mission is to support you by providing quality of life programs, enrichment events, valuable services and resources. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the new decade!